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KAUSANI (INDIA)

STATE :- UTARAKHAND

 

DISTANCE

 

CONNECTION
  • By Air : The airport nearest to Kausani is at Pantnagar, at a distance180 km.
  • By Rail : The railway station at Kathgodam is the nearest railhead to Kausani at a distance of 142 km and caters to the rail transport to Kausani.
  • By Road : Kausani is well connected with the other hill resorts like Almora, Ranikhet, Pittoragarh, Gwaldam and Nainital through road routes.

 

ABOUT KAUSANI

Kausani is situated in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, known as heavenly travel destination for those who want to enjoy calm, quiet and peaceful holidays, away from the clamor of cities. It is located at an altitude of approximately 1890 meters above the sea level and is basically known for its scenic majesty and historical links. This pictorial hill top offers a spectacular 300-km panoramic view of the majestic Himalayas. The calmness and tranquility in the atmosphere of Kausani is charismatic enough to keep you mesmerized for hours.

Kausani home for amidst dense pine forests, with a panoramic view of Someshwar valley on one side and Garur and Baijnath Katyuri valley on the other, Kausani is a captivating location for the admirers of scenic splendor. The place is unparallel in terms of raw and unmarked beauty. The less polluted air and salubrious climate of the place makes it an ideal destination for those want a break from the choking atmosphere of cities. Due to its similarity with the landscape of Switzerland, Mahatma Gandhi gave Kausani the name of “The Switzerland of India.

 

PLACES OF INTERESTS IN KAUSANI
  • Pinakeshwar : 9050 feet above sea level, this Uttarakhand hill station is 20 kms from Kausani. There is a temple of Shiva from where one can view many valleys. Around Pinakeshwar, are other places like Old Pinakeshwar, Gopalkot, Huria etc.
  • Chaukori : Chaukori is 75 kms away from Kausani and is well known for the unearthly view it gives of the Himalayan peaks. A person viewing the Himalayas from here feels like he can touch them.
  • Pindari Glacier : The majestic Pindari Glacier is can be reached via 35 kms trek from Loharkhet. Tourists camp on the way to reach Zero Point (3000mts) in order to get a closer view of this gigantic glacier. This glacier is 58 kms from Kausani. It is 3 kms long and 250 mts. wide. Trekking equipment can be hired from Bargeshwar.
  • Rudhradhari Falls & Cave : Rudhradhari Falls and Cave form one of the major attractions on the Kausani-Almora Road, on the way to Someshwar. It is situated at a distance of approximately 12 km from Kausani.
  • Kanda (63 kms.) : Kanda from Kausani, is a picturesque place where every inch promises a fresh song of nature. An ancient temple of Bhadrakali adds to the scenic grandeur of the place.
  • Jageshwar (82 kms.) : Jagesher from Kausani, is a cluster of ancient temples from 8th to 12th century A.D. The complex consisting of 124 temples and hundreds of statues is not merely famous for its exquisite craftsmanship but also for its Swayambhu Lingum named Naagesh. The main temples are dedicated to Maha Mrityunjaya, Mahisasur Mardini, Kedarnath, Baleshwar, Surya, Navagraha, Mahakali, and Navdurga.
  • Tea Garden : Tea garden 2 km away from Pratiksha Himalayan Retreat resorts, the famous tea garden is situated at the height of 1800 meter from sea level. the tea garden of Kausani is being developed as a tea-base for the entire state. the tea produced here is rich in flavor and of export quality. Kausani is the only place away from the traditional tea plantation areas in india that produce organic orthodox tea. this high-flavored tea is exported to many countries, including Australia, Germany, Korea and the US. take a stroll through the aromatic tea gardens and refresh your body and mind.
  • Anasakti Ashram : A quiet and revered place where the Father of the Nation spent some days. Set against the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, this place has been made into a memorial in his memory.
    In 1929, Mahatma Gandhi spent 12 days here. He was so enamoured of Kausani that he called it the Switzerland of India and brought his thoughts out in his book called Anasakti Yoga. The place where he stayed is called the Anasakti Ashram. Earlier the guest house of a tea estate now its an ashram and offers a good resting place for travellers and can accommodate 300 people. Every evening prayers are conducted in the main hall. It also has a library. There is nothing like the mesmerizing Himalayan sunset and sunrise from the Ashram premises.
  • Lakshmi Ashram : 1 km away from the Anasakti Ashram, this place is a center run by women who do social service. Gandhiji's disciple, Sarala Behen spent her life here doing social service. This ashram is located in a solitary area in a dense jungle.

 

RELIGIOUS PLACES IN KAUSANI
  • Baijnath : 17 kms from Kausani, the most important historical place in Uttarakhand is Baijnath, situated on the banks of the Gomti River. The Baijnath temple was built thousands of years ago and is still be admired for its carvings and sculptures. Some old temples can also be found here.
  • Someshwar : 15 kms away from Kausani, this famous Shiva temple was built by King Somchand of the Chand Dynasty. An annual festival is held here every March.
  • Rudradhari Temple : .Rudradhari temple is one of the most fascinating places of the kumaon region. its specilities is its rock which looks like God Shiva and its water-fall. this temple is always center of attraction for tourists because of its water fall.

 

WHEN TO GO KAUSANI

As Kausani experiences snowfall during the winter months of December and January, it is advisable to avoid making a trip to the hill resort. The summer months are the best time to visit the. April to November is the best time to visit the hill resort of Kausani.

 

WEATHER FORECAST
  • Summer : The summer season in Kausani starts around March and stretches on till June. During this time, the maximum average temperature is around 25o C and minimum temperature revolves around 12 to 15o C.
  • Winter : From late October to mid-February, Kausani witnesses the winter season. In these months, the maximum temperature is around 10o C; while the minimum temperature drops to 2o C. Kausani also experiences snowfall during the months of December and January.
  • Monsoon : Kausani receives heavy rainfall in the monsoon season, which lasts from June to September. The maximum rainfall in the area has been recorded at 3048 mm (120 inches), while the minimum rainfall is around 1777 mm. (70 inches).

 

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN KAUSANI

Himalayas play a great part not only in Hindu mythology, but also in the Hindu Religion. Visiting Baij Nath Temple, Kausani located amidst the mountain ranges with the splendid sceneries around, can be an enchanting experience. Known to be specked with auspicious pilgrimage destinations in Uttaranchal all over, the place is rightly named as the abode of Gods. These Temples in Uttaranchal play an important part in Uttaranchal Tourism. 53 kms north of Almora, Kausani is a magnificent hill station replete with picturesque and splendid views. The 300 km wide view of the Himalayas is spectacular.

Kausani is nestled amongst deep pine forests, on a hill top where the view of the snow capped Trishul and Nanda Devi is so clear that one feels the snow is at a touching distance. Baijnath Temple, located at a distance of 19 kms from Kausani, is one of the tourist attractions in Uttaranchal.

FOOD AND RESTURANTS IN KAUSANI

The traditional cuisine of the land is highly nutritious, simple to prepare and at the same time appealing to the palate. You can have delicious and mouth-watering Pahari recipes from Garhwal region of Uttaranchal. Chainsoo : Chainsoo is prepared by using black gram daal. Normally due to the high protein content in this daal it is difficult to digest. However it is said that the bad effect gets nullified by roasting. Similar preparation with slight variation is made out of black bhat (a varity of soyabeen), but in that case it is called bhatwani. Kafuli : Kafuli is a thick gravy preparation made from green leafy vegetables. Kafuli made of Spinach leaves is the most common preparation. Jholi : In Garhwali Jhol means very thin gravy. Jhol can be made out of tomatoes, potatoes and other tubers. On the other hand Jholi is gravy made out of curd. It is comparatively a much thicker jhol and similar to phanu in preparation. Phaanu : Phanu is also made of dals (lentils) like chainsoo, but in this case the dals are soaked in water for about 4 to 6 hours before its use. A different variety of dals like- Gahat, Arhar or green Mung can be used to prepare Phanu. Til ki Chutney : This chutney is mainly prepared during winters and is yummy with Tor ki daal n' Bhaat or with Gahat ke paranthe. It can also be used as a dip for various snacks. Thechwani : Thechwani can be prepared using radish root (pahari mula having round root) or potatoes. The preparation is called by this name as the radish root or potato is never cut, but crushed (thinchao) into pieces. Baadi : Baadi is made from Kwada ka Aata (also known as Choon or Mandua flour and is black in color) Baadi is best eaten with Gahat ki dal or Phaanu.Hot Baadi and hot Phanu is very popular food in Uttaranchal. Roat : During marriages and other family or religious functions certain traditional Garhwali dishes are prepared, the most important among them are Roat and Arsa, besides `urd ki pakori, pooris , kaddu ki bhujji and alu-tamatar ka jhol are the most common dishes made during these occasions and the festive seasons.

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